For the past month, March Artist-In-Residence Joy Broom has been creating extravagant, multilayered, three-dimensional specimen boxes. Combining her intricate line drawings of organic elements with actual insects, seed pods, branches, body references, antique maps and biological medical sources—all covered with purified beeswax—she presents a unique cabinet of curiosities that provide further reflections of the broader natural universe.
Waxed and Winged: Museum of Natural Curiosities, Broom's Insect Specimen Series ranges from early flat cardboard collection boxes with antique maps to four inch deep glass-front "natural extravaganzas" as seen in this video.
Join Broom this weekend when museum visitors are invited to create personal assemblage boxes with natural (and unnatural) elements, layered with their own artwork created in the studio.
Broom will be working onsite in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, April 1, 2012.